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Obama seeks $200 billion for war spending

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  • President Obama to ask Congress for $200 billion to fund U.S. war efforts
  • Officials: $75.5 billion this year will cover more troops in Afghanistan
  • An additional $130 billion will cover costs in Afghanistan for 2010
  • Money will be in addition to $534 billion for Defense Department's other expenditures
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From Mike Mount
CNN Pentagon Reporter
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more than $200 billion to fund U.S. war efforts for the next year and a half, according to defense officials.

The request will be for $75.5 billion for the rest of the 2009 fiscal year to cover the cost of sending more troops to Afghanistan this year and additional $130 billion for 2010, according to the sources.

War spending for 2010 will be part of the president's overall defense funding request, which is expected to be announced Thursday.

The money will be in addition to $534 billion for the U.S. Defense Department's other expenditures, which the president is expected to request from Congress.

Congress gave the Pentagon $65.9 billion for the first half of fiscal 2009.

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